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The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive 392

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First time accepted submitter Lirodon writes "Just when you thought Google's rumored Chrome OS laptop, the Chromebook Pixel, was an elaborate fake, think again. This high-end Chromebook with a 12.85-inch high resolution touchscreen (available in both Wi-Fi only and Verizon LTE versions) and an Intel Core i5 processor under the hood is super fancy, and also super expensive: starting at $1299. Would you want to pay that much for what is essentially a premium netbook?" Engadget has a hands-on with the device.
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The Chromebook Pixel Is Real, and Expensive

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  • Re:Netbook??? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jythie (914043) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @04:20PM (#42971513)
    As specs evolve and advances slow down, what software something runs will probably increasingly become the differentiating factor.
  • Re:Well.. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by rtfa-troll (1340807) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @04:30PM (#42971629)

    Depends...

    On if you can hack it. As long as you can still open up the developer mode and if you can upgrade the local storage, even with some difficulty then this becomes a way of getting a MacBook Pro workalike without giving money to either Apple or Microsoft then I'm for it. Actually I will go for the more "expensive" 64G / LTE version too. It's still cheaper than the $2,199.00 Amazon pops up with for a retina Macbook.

    I especially love the idea of having a proper shape of screen. I would sacrifice very much performance for that.

  • No. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Richy_T (111409) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @04:32PM (#42971643) Homepage

    In the last few days, I have switched over to the "Google is evil" camp and will be moving away from them as much as possible.

    If anyone cares what pushed me over the edge, it was when I found they now require you have Google Plus to write a review in the play store. A move worthy of Microsoft at its vilest. This is not the only issue by any means though.

  • Pricing strategy (Score:3, Interesting)

    by DogDude (805747) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @05:49PM (#42972671) Homepage
    Clearly, they're using Apple's pricing strategy. It's a Business 101 classic: many customers WANT to spend too much on stuff. Those customers see high prices as some (twisted) source of prestige. As a retailer, I see it every day. There are products that you can sell MORE of if you increase the price.
  • Re:Gee whiz (Score:5, Interesting)

    by aristotle-dude (626586) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @05:49PM (#42972673)

    Similar form factor and specs to a Mac Book Pro .. and guess what .. similar price. Take that you Apple Apologists .. um .. err .. [Facepalm]

    Right but half the ram (4GB versus 8GB) and a quarter of the storage (32GB versus 128GB) for only 200 dollars less than the 13" rMBP. Shouldn't it be a lot less considering that it does not come with a fullblown OS and apps?

  • by swillden (191260) <shawn-ds@willden.org> on Thursday February 21, 2013 @05:50PM (#42972687) Homepage Journal

    Inferior OS? I dunno. I have a Samsung Chromebook and a MacBook Air, and for most work I prefer the Chromebook -- mostly because the OS gets in my way a lot less than OS X does.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 21, 2013 @06:09PM (#42972945)

    $1300 doesn't sound outrageous if the build quality and features were decent for an ultraportable nOtebook.

    With an i5 CPU (Note: the "i5" in it is only a 1.8GHz dualcore) and a hi-rez touchscreen it sounds OK at first. But the reason you spend this kind of money for an Ultraportable is because a $500 netbook can't hack it. and that's because your Outlook inbox has been archived a dozen times and is still pushing 2GB. And while the home office network can do 20MbPS up/down you're in the field (hence the Ultraportable) and the exchange server really sucks over a 1.5Mb/256Kb connection. Oh wait this Chrome and it only has a 32GB HDD. So I'm not sure what it is good for. I don't need an i5, 4GB RAM and a hires screen for "cloud stuff", I can do that on my phone.

    Really your just paying $1300 for an "I'm Stupid" sign.

  • by ColdWetDog (752185) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @06:24PM (#42973129) Homepage

    Those 11" Ultrabooks come with a copy of Windows, so you can actually do something useful.

    Is that a feature or a bug?

  • by rsborg (111459) on Thursday February 21, 2013 @09:48PM (#42974913) Homepage

    Inferior OS? I dunno. I have a Samsung Chromebook and a MacBook Air, and for most work I prefer the Chromebook -- mostly because the OS gets in my way a lot less than OS X does.

    If your "work" cosists entirely of web browsing, then I guess ChromeOS is a better OS. Sorry but most of us actually have to use non-web apps like spreadsheets, IDEs, and groupware/office. Also, I can't use Chrome in all cases even for web usage because I need to test my code on multiple client architectures.

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